Diagnosis, Co-Management, & Treatment of Glaucoma
Glaucoma is not just one eye disease, but rather a group of eye conditions related to abnormally high pressure in the eye. As a result of this increased pressure, the optic nerve can become damaged and vision loss can follow. The two main types of glaucoma are primary open-angle glaucoma and acute angle-closure glaucoma. Both can lead to serious and permanent harm to vision, but early diagnosis of glaucoma can help significantly.
Dr. Jonathan Davis and the Decatur Family Eye Care team can diagnose glaucoma and provide co-management care to help you deal with the disease and take action to decrease the progression of damage.
Glaucoma Diagnosis in Decatur
Glaucoma is often called the silent thief of sight because there are no symptoms in the early stages of the disease, and you may not notice any vision loss until the disease reaches an advanced stage. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness.
Although glaucoma is mostly diagnosed in people over the age of 50, it can start at any age.
Fortunately, early diagnosis and glaucoma treatment can minimize or prevent optic nerve damage and consequently limit glaucoma-related vision loss. The best way to diagnose glaucoma is to regularly get your eyes examined. A comprehensive eye exam at Decatur Family Eye Care includes a series of tests to measure eye pressure and other signs of the disease. During these exams, our doctors can diagnose glaucoma as well as start developing a plan on how to best manage the glaucoma.
Treatment for Glaucoma
Glaucoma management is an important part of maintaining good eye health. Without care, glaucoma can lead to complete blindness, but proper treatment and glaucoma management can drastically slow down or decrease the negative effects of the disease.
There are different ways to treat glaucoma depending on the type and severity of the disease. If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, the doctors at Decatur Family Eye Care will work with you on the next best steps and determine the best glaucoma management plan for you.
Glaucoma treatment and management may include:
- Prescription eye drops
Managing glaucoma can be involved and may require working with an ophthalmologist as well. If necessary, we will refer you to an ophthalmologist in the area and work together to create a glaucoma treatment plan that best meets your needs.
Schedule your eye exam with Decatur Family Eye Care today.